Optimising mixed-portfolio hybrid Renewable systems with no or constrained grid connectivity

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We present a method to optimise a hybrid renewable energy system design under various grid constraints, from entirely off-grid to strongly interconnected. The optimisation procedure is a simplified downward gradient method, and the variable used as the objective function is the equivalent annual cost of the system installation and operation.

The results show how a good interconnection provides the opportunity to use renewable energy technology as an income stream without a need for energy storage. A balance of energy storage and local backup generation emerges as the optimum if the grid is severely constrained or without grid connection. It is always a balance of storage and backup, as the storage is most costeffective to balance supply and demand over short time scales of less than a week while back-up generation is better able to meet longer periods of insufficient renewable generation. Another key results is that a combination of renewable technologies, PV and wind, is always better here than one technology alone.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-467
Number of pages6
JournalRenewable Energy and Power Quality Journal
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
Event16th International Conference on Renewable Energies and Power Quality 2018 - Salamanca, Spain
Duration: 21 Mar 201823 Mar 2018
Conference number: 16


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